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Are you passionate about photography? 

Enter the competition

Enter the 2021/22 Mechanical Engineering Photo Competition by filling in the entry form linked below. 

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2022 at midnight

2021/22 Photo Competition Entry Form

Our departmental photo competition celebrates the visual side of engineering, and provides an opportunity for people in the department to exhibit their photography work. 

We are looking for images that are visually appealing and original, as well as inspiring and relevant to engineering. The competition is open only to students, staff and alumni from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. 




Entries must be submitted by 1 March 2022 at midnight.  

Submissions format

The only type of images accepted are photographs. Previously published photographs, not created specifically for the competition are also eligible. 

We will only consider entries submitted before the specified deadline through the form provided specifically for this purpose.

Submit your entries as JPEG/JPG files, maximum 3Mb in size, 1000px on the shortest side, and with your name in the title of the file. Please note that if you are selected as a winner, you will need to provide us with a 300dpi resolution file of your image that can be printed in minimum A1 size. 

Each participant can submit up to three entries. 

Images may be black and white or in colour, taken with any kind of camera. Minor adjustments are allowed, such as minor changes in cropping, sharpening, contrast, etc. Significantly altered or artistically enhanced photos are not accepted. The judges may request the original file/RAW/negative of your photo to verify this. 

Competition Criteria

This year the competition is focused on recovering from the pandemic lockdowns and has two categories:

  • “Back to normal”- General photography that captures any aspect of Engineering
  • “Together again”- Portrait or group photography with a focus on returning to research/teaching/study in person.

If taken on campus, images must adhere to College rules on:

  • PPE use: in a space that requires lab coats and/or goggles, PPE must be used consistently and correctly by all those who appear in the photo
  • COVID prevention measures: if the photo is taken in a space that requires face coverings, distancing or has limits on maximum occupancy.

You are welcome to submit photographs that have been taken any time between January 2021 and the submission date.


Based on the votes of our panel of judges, we will publish on our website a shortlist of the top 10 entries in each category.

  • Out of these, our judges will choose two prize winners in each category, worth £150 each.
  • We will also award a People's Choice prize worth £200 based on audience votes via the designated Qualtrics form.

Winning entries will be exhibited on our website. We also aim to display the work of all photo competition winners on campus.

Prizes will only be awarded subject to receiving a high enough number of submissions and their quality standard being sufficient for display. 


Max TingStudent representative; prize winner in 2020

Emeritus Professor David Ewins- Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering; founding member of the Imperial Photographic Society 

Honey Salvadori- Professional photographer; evening photography class tutor at Imperial 


Terms and conditions of the competition

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure that the photographs they are submitting are their own work, that they own the copyright for them and that they do not infringe on the copyright or other rights of any third party. 

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure that the images do not infringe any laws and that they have been taken with the consent of anyone who is identifiable in the image, or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 18.

Copyright for the submitted images remains with their authors. However, by entering the competition, participants are granting us irrevocable, perpetual permission for non-commercial use of the images online and in print, in any promotional materials related to the competition, and in an exhibition on campus.